Feb. 16, 2010
Complete game notes
#12/19 TEXAS (18-6, 7-3 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (12-12, 4-6 Big 12)
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 7 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,734) Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: None. Free live video feed at www.TexasSports.tv.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 "The Zone" will broadcast Wednesday's game between Texas and Kansas State. Jon Madani (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the game.
SERIES: Texas, 10-9. Last meeting: Kansas State 66-50 (March 4, 2009; Manhattan, Kan.)
GAME DAY PROMOTIONS
Hoops for Hunger Month: Fans are asked to bring canned goods to all the basketball games during the month of February.
Longhorns Kids Court: Youth 18 & under can enjoy inflatables, face painting, basketball goals and more for FREE. Located in the Denton Cooley Pavilion, doors open 1.5 hours before tip. The first 100 kids get a FREE youth T-shirt, courtesy of UT Athletics. (One per person, sizes are limited and not guaranteed.)
FONTENETTE HEATING UP ... Sophomore guard Ashleigh Fontenette guided UT to a pair road wins at Colorado (Feb. 10) and at Kansas (Feb. 13) with a team-best 16.5 ppg last week. The starting point guard shot 58.3 percent from the field (14-of-24), and was 2-of-2 from 3FG, including a last-second trey in the final seconds of the first overtime at Kansas that forced the second OT. Fontenette added 3.5 rpg in 35.0 mpg, and also dished out three assists and collected two steals in the wins.
WINNING WAYS ... Texas' current five-game Big 12 Conference win streak matches the longest under Coach G and the Longhorns. Last year, the Longhorns rattled off five-straight regular-season league victories between Feb. 1-15, including wins at Baylor, Oklahoma State and Iowa State.
CLOSING IN ON 20 WINS, AGAIN ...
At 18-6, the Longhorns are two wins away from reaching their third-consecutive 20-win season under third-year head coach Gail Goestenkors
. The 2009-10 squad will become the 29th team in Texas' 36 years of women's basketball to eclipse the 20-win mark, and Goestenkors' 13th-consecutive team to record 20 or more wins. LEAGUE STANDINGS ...
Texas is in a two-way tie with Iowa State for third in the Big 12 Conference at 7-3, while Kansas State is tied for seventh in the standings at 4-6 entering Wednesday's game.
SERIES VS. KANSAS STATE
Wednesday's contest marks the 20th meeting between Texas and Kansas State, with the Longhorns holding a 10-9 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams first met on Dec. 11, 1982, with Texas prevailing 93-73 in Austin. UT won the first four meetings in the series from 1982-84. The two teams did not face each other again until Jan. 11, 1997, in Manhattan, when the Wildcats won for the first time. The Horns are 6-2 all-time when playing in Austin. KState has won the last two meetings in the series, including a 77-74 OT victory in Austin on Jan. 13, 2008, and last year's 66-50 decision in Manhattan, Kan., on March 4.
Series Quick Facts
THE LAST MEETING: AT KANSAS STATE (MARCH 4, 2009)
|Overall Series Record
|Goestenkors all-time vs. K-State
|Most UT points
||93 (Dec. 11, 1982)
|Most KSU points
||80 (Jan. 30, 2002)
|Fewest UT points
||50 (March 4, 2009)
|Fewest KSU points
||34 (Feb. 3, 2007)
|Largest UT margin
||27 (61-34; Feb. 3, 2007)
|Largest KSU margin
(AP) - Marlies Gipson scored 24 points as Kansas State (22-6, 9-6 Big 12) upset No. 15 Texas 66-50. Brittainey Raven
led the Longhorns with 12 points. Neither team could gain control of the game until the Longhorns used an 8-0 run--all by Erika Arriaran--to take a 20-13 lead midway through the half. But two straight baskets by Kansas State's Shalee Lehning sparked an 18-5 run that gave the Wildcats a 31-25 lead at the break. A basket by Raven cut the deficit to four with 16:47 left in the second half. But the Wildcats held Texas without a field goal for nearly nine minutes and used a 17-3 run to extend their lead to 54-36 with 6:10 remaining.
LAST TIME OUT: AT KANSAS (FEB. 13)
Ashleigh Fontenette scored eight of her 20 points in the two overtime periods, including a clutch 3-pointer, to help No. 14 Texas beat Kansas 85-82 on Saturday. After LaChelda Jacobs made 1 of 2 free throws with 10 seconds left in the first overtime, Fontenette hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to tie the game at 77 and force a second extra period. From there, Texas managed to build an early lead and held off a Kansas comeback. Jacobs' missed a possible game-tying 3-pointer as time expired. Cokie Reed added 18 points for Texas (18-6, 7-3 Big 12) and Earnesia Williams and Kathleen Nash each chipped in 11, propelling the Longhorns to their fifth consecutive victory. Carolyn Davis led Kansas (14-9, 4-6) with a career-high 29 points and Monica Engelman added 22.
A CHECK OF THE POLLS
Texas climbed two places to No. 12 in the latest Associated Press poll (Feb. 15) and No. 19 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (Feb. 9). In her 18 years as a collegiate head coach, Gail Goestenkors has spent 275 weeks in the AP Top 25 poll, the most by any current Big 12 head coach, and a mark that ranks ninth by active coaches in AP Poll history.
Texas is in the middle of a five-game stretch that includes road games at Colorado (Feb. 10), Kansas (Feb. 13), Texas A&M (Feb. 20) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 24). The Horns' lone home game during the five-game stretch comes on Wednesday, Feb. 17, against Kansas State. The Longhorns are 4-2 overall on the road this season, and 3-1 in conference road tests.
FONTENETTE STEPPING UP
Since beginning Big 12 Conference play on Jan. 9, sophomore guard Ashleigh Fontenette has notched seven double-digit scoring efforts in 10 games. She is averaging 13.2 ppg in league games, compared to 8.9 ppg in non-conference games.
EVERYONE MAKING AN IMPACT
Texas' 74-50 win at Colorado (Feb. 10) marked its sixth win in a seven-game stretch and also the first time in school history that every player on the roster recorded at least one point, rebound and assist in a single game. In just three previous games in school history, every player that saw action accomplished the feat, but not everyone on the roster competed in the game.
KAT EYEING 1,000
Junior guard Kathleen Nash is on the verge of joining an elite club of Texas women's basketball players. With 970 career points, Nash needs just 30 more to become the 34th player in UT history to reach 1,000 career points. The last player to eclipse the 1K mark was senior guard Brittainey Raven, who accomplished the feat over the course of her junior year (2008-09).
In Big 12 Conference games, Texas is averaging a league-best 76.8 ppg and 39.2 3-point FG percentage (62-of-158), and ranks second in scoring margin (+7.0), FG percentage (.441, 266-of-603) and blocks (5.4 bpg). Sophomore guard Ashleigh Fontenette leads the conference with a 52.4 percent mark from 3-point range (11-of-21) and is fourth with a 1.9 assist-turnover ratio. Sophomore post Ashley Gayle is second in the conference with 3.1 bpg. Junior guard Kathleen Nash's 87.0 FT percentage (20-of-23) is fourth in the league.
Texas is averaging 77.7 points per game with eight of its 10 players accounting for four or more points per contest. Just 2.3 ppg separate the fourth-through-seventh leading scorers (8.5-6.2). Seven are also posting 6.0 or more points per game. Additionally, seven players are corralling 3.0 or more boards per outing.
HITTING THE BOARDS
Texas has won the battle of the boards by a +9.3 rebounding margin in its 18 victories and enters Wednesday's game against Kansas State with a +5.8 overall rebounding margin. The Longhorns pulled down a season-high 57 boards against in their double-overtime win at Texas Tech (Jan. 16). UT has outrebounded each of its last five Big 12 opponents, Baylor (+2), Oklahoma (+10), Texas Tech (+15), Colorado (+4) and Kansas (+12). Junior guard Kathleen Nash leads the Longhorns with 7.2 boards per game, while sophomore post Ashley Gayle is pulling down 6.2rpg.
After starting Big 12 Conference play 0-2, head coach Gail Goestenkors decided to debut a new lineup at Texas Tech on Jan. 16. The combination of senior guard Brittainey Raven, sophomore guard Ashleigh Fontenette, junior guard Kathleen Nash, senior forward Earnesia Williams and sophomore post Ashley Gayle marks the sixth lineup of the season for UT and is 7-1. Ka. Nash is the only player to have started in all 24 games for the Longhorns this year.